This week, Canada celebrates the working class citizens who enforce the law and keep our streets safe.
National Police Week started in 1970 as a way for police to connect with their communities and spread more knowledge of what services are available to the public.
NPW runs from May 13 to May 19 and is an opportunity to get to know your police force as individuals.
"This year we are celebrating Getting to Know Your Neighbors," said Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. "That's just encouraging the public to get to know the police officers who serve within your community on a more personal basis."
Charles has been a Mountie for 19 years.
"I was in Grade Seven when I decided I wanted to be a Mountie," confessed the Staff Sgt. "From then on I planned my life accordingly and took the appropriate classes in post-secondary education related to law enforcement."
"I love being on the service aspect, knowing I can help people and I never know with what I'm going to be faced with one day or the next. So I really enjoy the unknown challenges."